Kansas governor vetoes ban on transgender athletes in women’s sports for second year in a row

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4/15/22

Gov. Laura Kelly vetoed Friday a bill that would ban transgender athletes in girls’ and women’s sports, the second year in a row she has made such a move. Similar to her veto message for the 2021 bill, Kelly again raised concerns about the impact such a policy would have on transgender youth in Kansas. “We all want a fair and safe place for our kids to play and compete,” Kelly wrote. “However, this bill didn’t come from the experts at our schools, our athletes, or the Kansas State High School Activities Association. It came from politicians trying to score political points.” She also argued the legislation would hurt the state’s ability to lure businesses to Kansas in light of boycott threats from major companies and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. “It would send a signal to prospective companies that Kansas is more focused on unnecessary and divisive legislation than strategic, pro-growth lawmaking,” she said.

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